“The Light of Hope” 2017 #Emanuel9 Commemoration Events

“The Light of Hope” – 2017 #Emanuel9 Commemoration Events .. for more info see full listing below:
June 1-30: Exhibit of The Life and Legacy of Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit with photos and other artifacts that recognize Hurd.
June 17-30: Quilt and Memorabilia Exhibit, Arch Building, 85 Calhoun St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. After the shooting on June 17, 2015, the church received thousands of memorabilia and hundreds of quilts from around the world. The exhibit will include a sampling.
June 19–26: Tours of Mother Emanuel AME Church. Hours for tours are 10 a.m. to noon Monday-Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Group tours should be scheduled through the church’s office at 843-722-2561.
June 15: 5 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture. Free at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
June 16: From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Youth basketball tournament at the Charleston Charter School of Math & Science, 1002 King St. Teams will gather for healthy competition and community bonding to remember the nine who died and celebrate the youngest victim, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders.
June 16: From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Charleston Forum on Race, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Discussions will focus on racial issues, including economics, education, policing and criminal justice. Speakers include victims’ loved ones along with political, civil rights and criminal justice leaders. Go to http://www.thecharlestonforum.com to register.
June 16 and June 17: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour of the Borough House, 35 Calhoun St., an original home of the historic “Borough” community, one of the earliest middle-class, historic African-American communities.
June 17: From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “Hate Won’t Win Unity Walk.” Begins at King and Calhoun streets. March honors the nine who died and the shooting survivors and unites people of all races, religions and backgrounds to spread love across the world. Walk concludes on the lawn of the Gaillard Center with remarks by Jeff Robinson, deputy legal director and director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality of the American Civil Liberties Union.
June 17: 1 p.m. Ecumenical Worship Service, “In Remembrance of the Emanuel 9 and Recognition of the Survivors,” the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Features clergy and choirs from across the community and keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Joel Gregory, chair in preaching and evangelism at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Free ticket required from EventBrite.com.
June 17 and June 24: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “A Moment of Silence…To Read.” John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St. The Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation will provide free books for children to celebrate the life of Hurd, a longtime librarian who died in the shooting.
June 17: Acts of Amazing Grace 2017, part of a worldwide virtual project designated to encourage people to respond to the June 17, 2015, massacre with acts of kindness. Buy a cup of coffee for a neighbor, organize a food drive, make a donation to a worthy cause, read to a child. The possibilities are endless.
June 18: 9:30 p.m. Worship service at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St. Join the Mother Emanuel family for its regular Sunday morning worship service.
June 19: From noon to 5 p.m. The Myra Thompson School Supply Distribution, Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church, 51 Bull St. The family of shooting victim Myra Thompson will sponsor a school supply distribution for students in grades K through 12. Thompson was a committed educator who impacted countless students and young adults. Call 843-885-4747.
June 20: From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Calling All Colors: An Event for Youth” at Emanuel AME Church. Provides middle school students a chance to take part in workshops and forums on topics such as diversity, tolerance, respect and inclusion. The event features Alana Simmons, whose grandfather the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. died in the shooting. Alana Simmons is founder of the organization “Hate Won’t Win.” The event is free, but registration is required at EventBrite.com or palmettocap.org.
June 21: 2 p.m. Cynthia Graham Hurd Branch Library anniversary, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive, West Ashley.
June 21: 6 p.m. Emanuel AME Church ecumenical Bible Study. Will be co-led by Emanuel AME pastor the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning and the Rev. Anthony Thompson, husband of Myra Thompson, who led the Bible Study the night of the June 17, 2015, shooting.
June 21: From 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. “Tables of Ten,” various locations in the city of Charleston, including the park at The Battery, Hampton Park, Thomson Park and the Alhambra Hall lawn. This citywide pop-up Bible study event will reconvene for its second year. Groups will engage in a special Bible studies in remembrance of the shooting victims who were gathered for their Bible study when they died. For more, go to http://www.TablesofTen.info.
June 24: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Samaritan’s Feet Project, Charleston Progressive Academy, 382 Meeting St. In partnership with the Samaritan’s Feet International Organization, Emanuel AME Church will distribute new tennis shoes for youth in grades K through 12. Emanuel will be joined with partners from the Samaritan’s Feet Project, Coca-Cola and others to provide this ministry for the community.
June 25: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Commemoration finale “Morning Grace” concert at Emanuel AME. Features artists including Charlton Singleton, Ann Caldwell, the Seacoast Church Choir and Band, Lowcountry Voices, Mario Desaussure and Marjory Wentworth, state poet laureate. The event is free, but a ticket is required. Go to EventBrite.com.


June 17th A Walk for Unity – Emanuel AME & #HateWontWin – Jeff Robinson – ACLU

June 17: From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. #Emanuel9 “A Walk for Unity – “Hate Won’t Win .” Begins at King and Calhoun streets. March honors the nine who died and the shooting survivors and unites people of all races, religions and backgrounds to spread love across the world. Walk concludes on the lawn of the Gaillard Center with remarks by Jeff Robinson, deputy legal director and director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality of the American Civil Liberties Union.



Speak the truth about the process.

“Recidivism” – I remember it from one of the first legal briefs I ever typed on my then brand new computer.

It’s a revolving door, in and out the criminal justice system.

The word has stuck with me over the years as I’ve listened to and witnessed the lives of many for whom the penal system is part of the family lineage.

For some, the shackles of cyclical incarceration of family, friends and associates never stops.

No matter how far away away you are.. the degrees of separation when the call rings out.. ain’t too far at all.

I ain’t gone lie.. my phone doesn’t accept collect calls for a reason, yet they find a way to hear my voice.

Even in the darkest hours of our lives, we have to know that there is light somewhere out there.

I’m not the most pleasant to call when you’re locked up. I don’t pull punches .. so it ain’t joy call.

There was one yesterday from a young man who I can only pray for. The chemical imbalance and mental health issues from birth have manifested in such a way that the penal system at times is home away from home. Smh

I remember one young man who went away at 17 came back to 34… oh the transition …

There are model programs everywhere but no standard process for those assimilating back into society.

Not every one has a family base to return to.. some I’m sure return to streets that look so strange they can only wonder, where did they then and how do they now… fit in.


There are many who have gracefully reentered society and are contributing to ensure well being to the masses.

But the young ones caught in the “school to prison pipe line” have to be delivered a new life.

The streets have to spit lessons that are applicable to the real world..

Speak the truth about the process. Plant the seeds of self respect, love of self, creativity and entrepreneurship.

I’ll get back to this. . #BrainPhart

the legacy of those who have crossed before us.

It can be heartbreaking when Angels take flight for their Heavenly assignments.

For the most part, Work Orders come through without warning; well at least for family and friends.

If we are fortunate, we’ve had the opportunity to have full lives with them, have told them we love them and have no regrets.

Only time, allows us to see that their earthly work was complete and they are serving humanity through their deaths.

The sadness of loss is difficult to bear, yet as we reconcile with the spirit of the dearly departed we aren’t so forgiving of the manner in which they were taken from us.

The stress is takes to harbor ill will to exact revenge is soul crushing.

We, somehow, some way … LIVE… that is the legacy of those who have crossed before us.

Take it all at 15 minute increments… trying to see into the next hour is too much.

Grief has stages and takes time to set in.

Just when you think you are fine, the weight of it all drops you to your knees and your cry out in anger against the very heavens above.

Healing takes time. Give yourself some. 1


.. when the Survivor says NO!!

#BrainPhart There are some who really dont give a damn what your feelings maybe as long as their demands, desires, objectives are followed through.

These selfish acts dont appear to register as such in their psyche.. its a matter of “I want what I want when I want it”.

Such selfishness is continually difficult to accept or receive.

No is not a phrase that many understand.. for some reason everything should always revolve around them.

NO… not in this lifetime.. sucking the energy and spirit of others to accomplish what YOU want as opposed to recognizing that the Sun does not rise, set or revolve around their every selfish need.

Its exhausting to be the one who is “needed” .. as stated before… dont “need” me. I know I’m not the only source of assistance..

Spiritual Assistance does not come from one source.. such as hope springs eternal, the Most High has blessed many with discernment.

There comes a time when the Survivor says NO!
Of course it pisses off the abuser but c’est la vie..

The difference is the abuser doesnt see their actions as such but the Survivor recognizes the feelings they are experiencing in response to the words and actions. #Triggers

The greatest gift of unconditional love I can give…. is to myself. #Hello52